ERIC Number: EJ718343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 54
Adolescents' Perceptions of Marriage and Premarital Couples Education
Silliman, Benjamin; Schumm, Walter R.
Family Relations, v53 n5 p513-520 Oct 2004
Adolescents in rural and small city high schools in the western United States (N = 159) reported their perceptions of marriage and marriage education. They considered preparation for marriage important, but expressed lower familiarity with and lower intentions to attend programs than college students assessed previously. Youth valued parents, peers, volunteer couples, and personal experience as sources of information on marriage and were most interested in a brief, low-cost program led by a volunteer couple that focused on communication and conflict-resolution skills and issues. Youth attitudes toward and expectations of marriage reflected some realistic but many unrealistic expectations, consistent with their developmental stage. Implications for programming, research, and policy are discussed.
Descriptors: Marriage, Family Life Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Attitudes, Adolescents, High School Students, Rural Education, Urban Education, Interpersonal Communication, Developmental Stages
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States